Archive for 'Cyber Security'

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted at Oct 17, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Did you know October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? We all use the Internet, and we all lead Web-based, digital lives.  But how many of us know how to stay safe online and keep our digital lives secure, or even understand what that means? If you’re concerned about online safety and cyber security, StaySafeOnline.org is a

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WordPress Exploit Alert: Themes with XSS Vulnerability

Posted at Oct 10, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts, WordPress | By IT Pixie | 1 Comment
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Finnish product security professional and a penetration tester, Janne Ahlberg, discovered a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in several WordPress themes.  This vulnerability can be used to remotely execute JavaScript code on the site where the theme is installed. The WordPress themes in questions are: They are all from the developer Parallelus, and they are sold through Themeforest.net. If you

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NFC: Near Field Compromising your phone?

Posted at Oct 01, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Image: moo.com Moo.com, my favorite business card printing company, has announced a new product — NFC Business Cards. NFC stands for Near Field Communication, which is a type of short-range wireless technology that uses loosely coupled inductive circuits to exchange power and/or data over a short distance. In MOO’s case, it is a business card embedded

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Stop clicking random short URL links

Posted at Sep 29, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Everyone should know by now the danger of clicking random URL links, especially short URL links (because you can’t tell from the URLs what the links take you to).  That’s common sense, and I believe most people abide to this common sense when they are using their computers. But when it comes to mobile devices,

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LinkedIn Phishing Emails Spotted

Posted at Sep 24, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Since several days ago, I have been seeing some rather suspicious emails — claiming to be from LinkedIn — landed in my Spam box.  The fact that they are in my Spam box is usually a pretty good indication that they are either spam and/or phishing email.  But they look convincing enough, so I could

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Taliban + Facebook = Intelligence Gathering

Posted at Sep 18, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Image: Mashable Taliban spies are posing as "attractive women" or school friends on Facebook to gather intelligence from soldiers, according to a review of social media and defense conducted by the Australian government.  The report claimed the spies are gathering general information and movement from Facebook photos (via geotagging), and are possibly data-mining and tracking behavior

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Patch Tuesday:
Download EMET for IE or Switch Browser

Posted at Sep 18, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Image: Rapid7 Patch Tuesday: Download EMET for IE or Switch Browser There is a bug in Internet Explorer (IE) newly discovered by Microsoft, and it is being used to infect PCs via drive-by downloads (malware download and installation initiated simply b visiting a malicious website). Microsoft is urging all IE users to download a piece

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Are Your VMs & Backups Indexed in Google?

Posted at Sep 14, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Are Your VMs & Backups Indexed in Google? When I was taking a cyber security class, one of the main things we talked about was ways for an organization to leak confidential information.  Having the information stored on a server connected to the Internet, then get indexed by Google, is one sure-fire way to allow

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Malware Preloaded on New PCs in China

Posted at Sep 14, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Malware Preloaded on New PCs in China Microsoft, in an investigation into the security (or insecurity) of their supply chain in China, found that 20% of the 20 brand new PCs they bought were preloaded with malware that is associated with the Nitol botnet.  The malware, Nitol virus, can steal personal information and uses infected

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How to avoid oversharing on social media

Posted at Aug 26, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | 2 Comments
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Mashable offers 5 tips on how to avoid oversharing on social networks.  While these should really be common sense, the list can serve as a reminder as well as a checklist (helpful when talking to your teenager about sharing on social media): 5 Ways to Avoid Oversharing on Social Media Oversharing online can end badly, especially

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